Most people who undergo rhinoplasty in Seattle are looking to change the shape of their nose. However, there’s a type of nose surgery that keeps the original nose shape intact while improving breathing. This is called septoplasty.
The goal of septoplasty is to fix the shape of the septum, which is the cartilage that separates the two nostrils. Sometimes, as the result of a birth defect or an injury, the septum can be deformed. This can cause blockage in one or both nostrils, so air cannot move freely in and out.
While septoplasty is considered to be a medical procedure and rhinoplasty is usually a cosmetic procedure, they can be combined into one operation for dual benefits. A person who is undergoing septoplasty might choose to have the outer shape of his or her nose modified at the same time. The reverse is also true; a person might have a slight septum deformation that’s not severe enough to merit surgery on its own, but as long as the person is undergoing rhinoplasty for nose reshaping, the surgeon might recommend septoplasty to improve the nasal passage as well.
Combining these two procedures into one operation has the following benefits:
- Only one trip to the operating room
- Often less expensive than having two separate procedures
- Only one recuperation period instead of two
So, if you’re considering one type of nose surgery, you may want to talk with your surgeon about whether you would benefit from the other type as well.